Thursday, November 3, 2011

"the particular sadness of lemon cake"

my take: we had a lively and long discussion at book chicks ... and enjoyed a particularly wonderful lemon cake. much of the discussion was on the subject of parental favorites. a current topic, as it was recently on the cover of Time, and something we could all relate to as children & parents.

with such a title, you can imagine some found the book particularly sad. i thought the narrator had a darkly humorous and slightly hopeful tone ... but maybe i read that into it. to me, it has a tone similar to jeannette walls in the glass castle... a weird childhood told in an optimistic manner.

some at book chicks thought the author strayed too far from reality. i say, it's fiction - we suspend beliefs when we open a book. but that makes for a read that isn't necessarily "get lost into" fiction ... we are aware that it's not real when characters have special powers.

one aspect i particularly enjoyed was the commentary on modern food production ... through the narrator's taste buds the coldness of factory made food or the plight of fruit pickers is brought to the table.

my source: book chicks

my verdict: good read, great discussion. something out of the ordinary.


  1. I think this is a book that probably benefits quite a bit from discussion - there's a lot going on with the family dynamics, emotions, food production issues, magical kind of elements, etc. I read it on my own and enjoyed, but your discussion topics make it seem more interesting than I had originally thought...

  2. yes - that is the benefit of sharing a book ... especially over good food (thanks, patty!), good cake (thanks, hubby!) and a few glasses of wine.

  3. I just finished this idiosyncratic story. I agree with Anne, it's a novel for discussion (and wine and food of course). Glad I read it but I'll be careful about recommending it, it won't be everyone's cup to tea.